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Full text of "SpartaDOS Construction Set (1985)(ICD)[notes]"

SPARTADOS AUTORUN.SYS 



DhRENAHE OLDFILEN.ANE NEMFILE.EXE 



by Nark Bray 

Lately, due to its speed, SpartaDOS is becoming popular 
with US Doubler owners. Because of its versatile command 
structure, it is a great gaie loader as well as a super 
programmer's DOS. It also supports all kinds of drives, but 
is only FAST when used with the 1050-US Doubler combination. 
But... SpartaDOS doesn't support the familiar AUTORUN.SYS 
files that DOS 2 and eost DOS 2 compatibles support. Here!s 
how to set up a SpartaDOS AUTORUN.SYS work-alike. 

BINARY LOAD FILES 

Let's suppose I have several binary load games that I 
want to put on a disk with one of the many public domain 
autorun menus which can be found in the club's library. 
First step is to choose one which does not require the files 
to be locked before they can be displayed, because SpartaDOS 
will not lock files. Suppose I pick one that will display a 
menu of all the files with an .EXE extender (6reat, then I'm 
all set!). 

Next, format a disk with SpartaDOS using these 
commands: 

1) DlsINIT 

2) A menu of 4 choices will come up, choose R0_HS. This is 
a read-only high speed DOS which is great for games and 
anything which doesn't try to write to the disk. 

3) Hhen you're asked 'change defaults', hit [HI. 

4) Then pick the following: the drive with the disk to be 
formatted; the type of drive (usually i for single sided 40 
tracks (standard Atari drives, Indus, etc.); and the 
density. By all means, use 2 for double density because the 
SpartaDOS format is totally different from other DOS 
formats. Don't waste room by using only single density. 

5) Input an 'unique' volume name, be certain that the volume 
name is unique, different than any other disk's volume name, 
otherwise you will have problems later. 



6) Type CY3 to the 'Uitraspeed?' prompt if you are 
1050 with a US Doubler, otherwise type CN]. 



using a 



7) Hake sure you have the right disk in and FORMAT it! 

You now have a disk all set up and ready to go. Next, 
put your master disk back in and type SPCOPY for the 
SpartaDOS copy utility, and copy all of your DOS 2 files 
onto the SpartaDOS disk, copy the AUTORUN.SYS file also. 
Then rename all the binary files on the disk like this: 



NOTE: There are no commas in the rename command, te sure to 
leave a space between the word ■RENAHE 1 and the old filename 
and the new filename (no commas!). 

Rename AUTORUN.SYS to AUT0RUN.COM using th« same 
command format. At this point, you should have a directory 
which has all the binary games named as 'filename. EXt" and 
has a file called AUTORUN.COH. Here's the tricky part - at 
the 'Dl:' prompt, type in the following EXACTLY at it 
appears: 

DhCOPY E:X Dl: STARTUP. BAT 

The 'X' is a dummy file name; due to a bug in SpartaDOS, if 
you don't supply a dummy file name when using a device which 
normally does not require a file name, you will mess up your 
disk real good; so USE IT! This problem and the volume name 
problem are fully documented in the SpartaDOS manual. 

After the screen clears and the drive stops spinning, 
type this: 

AUTORUNCRETURN] 
C0NTR0L-3CRETURN] 

This creates a STARTUP.BAT file which 'runs the. autorun'. 
That's all there is to it! It looks like a lot of work at 
first, but you get used to it after a little bit. 

WHAT ABOUT BASIC PR06RAHS? 

That's even easier! No AUTORUN.SYS file is required, 
simply follow the above format procedure (unless you have a 
program such as a database or word processor which writes to 

the disk, then use STD HS) and again, use a menu which 

does not require the files to be locked. Then siaply put 
ail your BASIC files on the disk, and rename the menu to 
HENU.BAS. 

Now follow this procedure 

DhCOPY E:X D:STARTUP.BAT 

Hhen the screen clears, type: 

CAR[RETURN1 

RUN a D:HENU.BAS a [RETURNl 

CONTROL-3 

And you now have an auto-boot BASIC disk! Be sure you have 
BASIC in when you boot this disk, or it will lock up. 

HAVE FUN! 
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